Irritated with myself....

  1. So I spent the first half of my shift putting out fires, as usual. I got to go home at half shift, though, but I had a lot of loose ends to tie up before I could leave, and my charge wanted me off the floor at a specific time. I thought I had managed to get everything cleaned up for the person who was taking over my patients, but I just remembered something I forgot to deal with and forgot to mention before I left. Blood had backed up into a patient's saline lock, and I forgot to flush it, so it probably clotted off and she'll need a new site.:angryfire I'm just so irritated with myself for forgetting this.

    Oh well, I am back tomorrow. I can face the music then and see if anything came of it, like an incident report.

    I just feel like such a numbskull.
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   NJNursing
    It happens. We can only juggle 378,347,191,383,114 balls at once. :selfbonk:

    I know i don't like when the previous shift stick me with bum IV's, but it happens and I'm sure there's times it's happened when people followed me too. Don't beat yourself up to much over it.
  4. by   TexasPediRN
    Quote from NJNursing
    We can only juggle 378,347,191,383,114 balls at once. :selfbonk:
    Are you sure thats it??

    I swear it was more...

    NJ Nursing is right. Dont beat yourself up over it. Sometimes it happens, and sometimes yes, things go bad at change of shift and you leave work for the oncoming shift to do. ..

    Remember, nursing is a 24/7 job - someone else can always finish what wasnt.
  5. by   Dinith88
    Quote from NancyNurse08
    So I spent the first half of my shift putting out fires, as usual. I got to go home at half shift, though, but I had a lot of loose ends to tie up before I could leave, and my charge wanted me off the floor at a specific time. I thought I had managed to get everything cleaned up for the person who was taking over my patients, but I just remembered something I forgot to deal with and forgot to mention before I left. Blood had backed up into a patient's saline lock, and I forgot to flush it, so it probably clotted off and she'll need a new site.:angryfire I'm just so irritated with myself for forgetting this.

    Oh well, I am back tomorrow. I can face the music then and see if anything came of it, like an incident report.

    I just feel like such a numbskull.
    An incident-report filed because of a clotted heplock? Thats just harsh. And silly. And dumb.
  6. by   NursingAgainstdaOdds
    What Dinith88 said.

    Seriously, this wouldn't even register on my radar. Quit worrying so much.
  7. by   barefootlady
    Wow. If your nurses have time to file incident reports over such a small issue as this, then they are not so busy as the rest of us. Now a central line or some other access site that is more invasive than a lock I can see, but this is just nit picking.
  8. by   Dolce
    I would never file an incident report about that. Furthermore I have seen IVs stay good without being flushed for 24 hours.
  9. by   Virgo_RN
    Well, okay. Maybe it's not all as bad as it seemed at one am in the dark, all alone with my thoughts....of course, I started remembering all kinds of things I forgot, and I feel like the worst nurse ever. All I can do is show up today, ready to hit the floor running, and keep all my mistakes in the back of my mind so I can make sure not to repeat them. If anyone brings up anything I did or did not do, I will do the ethical thing and take responsibility like an adult. However, if nothing comes up, I'll just learn and move on. Sound like a good strategy?
  10. by   Faeriewand
    Sure does. Let us know how it goes.
  11. by   irishnurse67
    Quote from NancyNurse08
    So I spent the first half of my shift putting out fires, as usual. I got to go home at half shift, though, but I had a lot of loose ends to tie up before I could leave, and my charge wanted me off the floor at a specific time. I thought I had managed to get everything cleaned up for the person who was taking over my patients, but I just remembered something I forgot to deal with and forgot to mention before I left. Blood had backed up into a patient's saline lock, and I forgot to flush it, so it probably clotted off and she'll need a new site.:angryfire I'm just so irritated with myself for forgetting this.

    Oh well, I am back tomorrow. I can face the music then and see if anything came of it, like an incident report.

    I just feel like such a numbskull.
    You sound pretty caring and competent to me!
  12. by   JONlvn-np2b
    lol i stay awake sometimes thinking about the things i did or didnt do. lol at first i thought i was the only one that does that. but i like your strategy, im gonna try that from now on too.
  13. by   Virgo_RN
    Well, I was a bit nervous about what other things I might have forgotten that might come around to bite me in the behind, but everything was okay. I even had a great night. My patients were stable, easy, and I had time to actually learn instead of plugging away at task after task.
  14. by   al7139
    Funny,
    I had a conversation with another nurse about this tonight at work! We are both new grads (me 6 months on the job, she about three months), and as newbies, are probably way more "anal" than the seasoned nurses. She told me she has dreams that wake her up sometimes about work where she forgot something important. I have been known to call work from my car or home to ask the night nurses if I did this or that, etc. It's kind of a joke with them now!
    All the other nurses tell me I will get over this eventually, but it really freaks me out right now. I am scared not of the write up (if I messed up, I will acknowledge it and learn from it), but the impact on my patients. Right now, if I get through my shift, and everyone is still breathing, I am happy! I figure it was a good shift!
    Amy

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